Yesterday I read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers to my class. They were dazzled and amazed by Petit’s Walk. I briefly answered questions about September 11th, 2001 since the book does mention that the Towers no longer exist. Today, I will read Fireboat and talk about heroism.
Teaching about September 11th, 2001 is hard. It’s not appropriate for every grade-level, but if discussed delicately, it is possible to teach kids about that day without scaring them.
Here’s what a freshman at Fordham University, who lost his father on September 11th, has to say about teaching about September 11th:
As curriculum continues to evolve, educators must acknowledge that Sept. 11, 2001, isn’t ancient history. It’s a day we all remember and its lessons are too important not to pass them on to future generations…
…Teaching the lessons of 9/11 is the greatest way to honor those who died that day and to remember that this nation’s citizens deserve to know the personal viewpoints connected to the events that have shaped our history.
It is appropriate for each of us, as adults, to remember. Hence, here are links to three news articles about that fateful day we experienced, as a country, seven years ago:
BY EAMON STEWART, Newsday
By Monica Drake of The New York Times
By JESSE A. HAMILTON | Washington Bureau Chief, Hartford Courant
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.